From v16.8, the Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) backup client is able to back up more advanced file types such as junctions and hard links.
Items such as symlinks and junctions are backed up, and can therefore be restored, if they are included in the backup selection.
Note: Junctions will be included in the backup selection if their parent folder is included.
(For a full list of supported reparse points, please refer to this MSDN article.)
Simple hard links
When a hard link has been included in the backup, the data it points to is backed up.
Simple compressed files
These are files compressed by the operating system (unlike zip-type files) and are only restored in uncompressed form.
Simple encrypted files
These are files encrypted by the operating system and are only restored in unencrypted form.
- To prevent these files from being skipped during a backup, the backup client service must run as the same user that encrypted the files. See Article 418 on how to change service permissions.
- Once backed up, these files can be restored regardless of which user the backup client service is running as.
Simple sparse files
These files are restored consuming their full file size.